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Latinos take on bigger role in Obama inauguration

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Latinos are taking a more prominent role in President Barack Obama's second inauguration, from the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice swearing in the vice president to a star-studded concert celebrating Latino culture.

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Celebs gather to promote arts education - and eat

Posted: 01/21/2013 - For all the talk about fewer celebrities making it to Washington this time for the inauguration, you would have had a hard time not bumping into one — literally — at a packed downtown restaurant Sunday evening.

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Obama on Michelle: Love those bangs

Posted: 01/21/2013 - President Barack Obama has rendered his opinion on what he called the most significant event of inaugural weekend: his wife's new haircut.

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GOP wants budget; Schumer warns they will get one

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Democrats are looking to make new revenue part of the Senate's first budget in almost four years, which will be released soon after the start of President Barack Obama's second term.

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Obama adviser hedges optimism on stricter gun laws

Posted: 01/21/2013 - The Obama administration says it's confident stricter gun laws can be passed, but it's hedging its optimism by stressing just how politically difficult it will be.

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Tight security planned for inauguration

Posted: 01/21/2013 - Inauguration-goers will be screened at security checkpoints Monday, but officials hope that additional metal detectors and staff will help ease the congestion

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Obama gets second swearing-in for second term

Posted: 01/21/2013 - His second term already under way, President Barack Obama aims to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again to lead a divided nation seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas.

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Troops worry about defense, job cuts

Posted: 01/18/2013 - The soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team have gone to war five times since 9/11, and 84 have been killed — including 13 during their current deployment to Afghanistan.

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US commandos boost numbers to train Mexican forces

Posted: 01/18/2013 - The special operations team within Northcom will be turned into a new headquarters, led by a general instead of a colonel. It was established in a Dec. 31 memo signed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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Biden: Nation needs to respond to gun violence

Posted: 01/18/2013 - Vice President Joe Biden said the nation could not wait any longer to respond to gun violence, telling mayors on Thursday that the White House would "take this fight to the halls of Congress."

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Rep. Curry Todd pleads guilty to DUI, gun charges

Posted: 01/18/2013 - The Collierville Republican was arrested in October 2011 in Nashville after failing a roadside sobriety test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found stuffed between the driver's seat and center console.

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Hagel pick test of Senate on presidential choices

Posted: 01/18/2013 - In the middle of a bitter fight over a Republican president's nominee for defense secretary, a former White House occupant pleaded with senators to give the president his choice for the Pentagon job.

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US helping but hesitant on Mali intervention

Posted: 01/17/2013 - The Obama administration has declared it cannot accept new terrorist sanctuaries in Mali or anywhere else and has promised to support French and African efforts to restore security.

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AP sources: McDonough likely for chief of staff

Posted: 01/17/2013 - President Barack Obama is likely to name Denis McDonough, one of his closest national security advisers, as his next chief of staff, according to people familiar with the White House thinking.

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Obama is flexing his leverage on debt, immigration

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Obama is hiking pressure on congressional Republicans on the debt ceiling and immigration, two big issues in which public sentiment and political risks seem to favor him.

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Obama's gun measures face a tough road in Congress

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Although they are unlikely to endorse the president's call for banning assault weapons, they might go along with other proposals, such as requiring universal background checks on gun purchases.

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NRA begins pushback with Web ad criticizing Obama

Posted: 01/17/2013 - "Are the president's kids more important than yours?" a male narrator asks in the video. "Then why is he skeptical of putting armed security in schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards in their school?"

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Polls give hard-line bloc edge in Israel elections

Posted: 01/17/2013 - Polls give hawkish and religious parties led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a comfortable edge over their center-left rivals ahead of next week's parliamentary elections.

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